Sexual wellbeing

On this page, you will find a collection of healthcare services, community groups and educational resources related to sexual health and wellbeing.

Sexual health and wellbeing is a key part of our identities. It is more than just safe sex and preventing STIs. Things like pleasure, relationships, attraction to others, gender, the way that we express and understand ourselves, and understanding our bodies is all part of it too. Our sexuality is fluid and our feelings, values, attitudes, experiences will evolve as we go through life but maintaining positive sexual wellbeing needs to stay a priority.

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Healthcare Services

Laverton Sexual and Reproductive Health Hub

The Laverton Sexual and Reproductive Health Hub provides services that assist in managing all matters related to women’s sexual and reproductive health. With a team of highly trained general practitioners, a sexual health physician and a sexual and reproductive health nurse, they can help with providing information relating to sexual and reproductive health, unplanned pregnancy, STI screening and education, contraception advice, IUD and contraceptive implant insertion and removal, fertility awareness and family planning, cervical screening, management of PCOS, endometriosis and menopause, etc.

Phone: 03 9448 5534

Website: https://www.cohealth.org.au/health-services/womens-health-services/laverton-sexual-and-reproductive-health-hub/

Location: 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) provides free sexual healthcare to both Medicare and non-Medicare card holders. Their clinical services include: STI screening, counselling, pathology, HIV treatment & prevention programs, and more. MSHC can help link you to healthcare services that are most suitable for you, and they offer a free over-the-phone counselling service Monday-Friday with nurses who can answer concerns about sexual health, STIs, sexual relationships and more: Call 9341 6200 and select option 2.

Phone: 03 9341 6200

Website: https://www.mshc.org.au/default.aspx

Location: 580 Swanston Street, Carlton

Thorne Harbour Health

Thorne Harbour provides STI testing, GP and sexual health clinics and the provision of safe sex products. They also have LGBTIQA+ peer support groups.

Phone: 03 9865 6700

Website: https://thorneharbour.org/

Location: 200 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford

Equinox

A peer-led Trans and Gender Diverse & Non Binary (TGD&NB) Health Service operated by the Thorne Harbour Health. Equinox is a health and well being service for the TGD&NB community. Their goal is to ensure positive health outcomes for all members of the Victorian TGD&NB community. Their services include General Practice healthcare, sexual health, hormone initiation and management, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Osteopathy and Counselling.

Phone: 03 9416 2889

Website: https://equinox.org.au/

Location: 200 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford (Ground floor)

Family Planning Victoria

A service that promotes reproductive and sexual health for all Victorians by providing reproductive and sexual health care and training clinics, education and health care resources, research and advocacy and more.

Phone: 03 9257 0100 or freecall 1800 013 952

Website: https://www.fpv.org.au/for-you

Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health

A refugee and asylum seeker health service providing primary care (GP services) at no cost to refugees and asylum seekers regardless of their Medicare status.

Phone: 03 8001 3049

Website: https://www.utopiarefugeehealth.com/

Location: 5 Alexandra Avenue, Hoppers Crossing

Hillside Healthcare Accessible Sexual Health

A program by Kings Park Medical Centre. Bulk-billed and provides services including STI screening, testing and treatment and sex worker support. MSHC trained.

Phone: 03 9217 9400

Website: https://kingsparkmedical.com.au/hillside-healthcare-accessible-sexual-health/

Location: 40 Gourlay Road, Hillside

1800 Respect

The national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. They provide support for people experiencing, or at the risk of experiencing, violence and abuse, their friends and family, and professionals. They are a confidential service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Phone: 1800 737 732

Website: https://www.1800respect.org.au/

1800 My Options

A confidential and free phone line and online service, giving you information about contraception, pregnancy options (including abortion) and sexual health, with links to relevant services that can meet your needs in Victoria. They’re proudly pro-choice, non-judgmental, woman-centred and independent. They work alongside hundreds of healthcare providers, to link you to the services that best suit your needs. 1800 My Options does not provide medical, legal or financial advice or counselling.

Phone: 1800 696 784

Website: https://www.1800myoptions.org.au/

Rainbow Door

Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, BrotherBoys, SisterGirls) helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Rainbow Door supports people of all ages and identities with issues that may include suicidal thoughts, family and intimate partner violence (including elder abuse), alcohol and other drugs, relationship issues, sexual assault, social isolation, mental health and wellbeing. Through advice, referral and support from an experienced LGBTIQA+ peer, Rainbow Door will help LGBTIQA+ people navigate the system to access the supports we need.

Phone: 1800 729 367

Website: https://www.rainbowdoor.org.au/

Educational Resources

Minus18

Minus18 is Australia’s organisation for LGBTI youth – smashing homophobia and transphobia through events, support, training and campaigns. Minus18 aims to improve the health and wellbeing of, and provide a safe environment for, same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people in Australia, seeking to empower them to feel comfortable and confident in their sense of identity and assisting them to grow as happy, healthy individuals well into the future.

Website: https://www.minus18.org.au/

Transgender Victoria

TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy. Their website has resources for both trans people and their friends & families.

Website: https://tgv.org.au/

Consent, Empowerment and Respect campaign

Women’s Health West’s Consent, Empowerment and Respect campaign has been developed to provide young women in Melbourne’s west with information about their sexual and reproductive health. This campaign encourages women to be actively involved in their sexual and reproductive health by being informed, making their own choices and taking ownership of their body, their health and their wellbeing. The campaign has a range of different resources that are designed to communicate that sexual and reproductive health and all that comes with it, such as pleasure, periods, sex and using contraception are not things to be ashamed or embarrassed of. If you have any questions, please contact info@whwest.org.au.

Website: https://whwest.org.au/resource/consent-empowerment-respect-campaign-resources-2/

Pride, Respect, Equality

A campaign by Respect Victoria aiming to bring awareness and educate Victorians about family violence against LGBTIQA+ people. Visit their website to access stories and free resources for both the LGBTIQA+ community and allies.

Website: https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/campaigns/pride-respect-equality

GLBTIQ Multicultural Directory

A list of online resources.

Website: https://www.agmc.org.au/resources-support/

The Pronoun Lowdown: Demystifying and Celebrating Gender Diversity by Nevo Zisin

Dismantle the messy myth of gender, with this a colorful, approachable, and irreverent-AF book. This book highlights, demystifies, and celebrates the lived experience of trans and gender-nonconforming folk.

This book provides an illustrated history of how the gender binary came about, from ancient Greece to now. Alongside personal anecdotes, it provides examples of subversive historical figures, and demonstrates the gender-neutrality of ye olde language (Shakespeare’s and Oscar Wilde’s included). There are also examples of “how to” and “how to not” ask for someone’s pronoun, and other advice for avoiding generally bad behavior. (We needn’t be gendering a stranger’s dog, people. C’mon!) This book also breaks down how different languages navigate (or, struggle to navigate) pronouns.

Everyone deserves to have their identify affirmed by the world through which they move. This book celebrates gender-diverse identities, in all their fluid and imperfect perfection!